Put simply ‘ergonomics looks at people at work and applies ergonomics principles to ensure that the work tasks are suitable for the abilities of the employee. The employee is then more productive and the risk of injury is reduced, particularly the risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are general aches, pains and injuries in the soft tissues and joints. They occur most frequently in the neck, lower back and upper limbs.
These musculoskeletal disorders account for a significant proportion of employee absenteeism. Carrying out ergonomic workplace and workstation assessments will help to identify work activities which increase the risk of employees developing musculoskeletal disorders. Early identification of workplace risk factors allows early intervention to manage and reduce the risk of injury. These interventions may include changes to the workstation, to work equipment, to work postures or to the system of work.
OPS can carry out workplace ergonomic assessments and assist with the implementation of controls which will have significant benefit for employers and for employees. This will result in improved productivity and reduced employee absenteeism.